Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

This is one of the coolest recipes that I know, and it’s fun for kids to help make too. It’s kind of like one of those toy dinosaurs that starts off really small and the kids watch it grow when it’s placed in water. It’s soooo easy to make… 20 minutes and you’ve got jam! If you’ve never used chia seeds before, you’re in for a treat because when mixed with liquid they form a gel around the seed which creates the jam texture.

Chia seed are great for your baby’s digestion because they contain a lot of fiber. They are also wonderfully packed with omega 3 fatty acids with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. These fats are important for your baby’s brain health. Chia seeds are also loaded with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and protein!

Ingredients:

1 box fresh strawberries
2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons chia seeds
enough water to cover the strawberries in the pot

Directions:

1. In a medium-sized pot, bring the strawberries to a low boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the berries soften, about 5 minutes. Lightly mash the berries with a potato masher or fork. Leave some berries in chunks for texture.

2. Stir in the maple syrup and chia seeds. Cook the jam on low until it thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Make sure you stir the jam so it doesn’t stick.

3. Remove the jam from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Pour in a glass jar or air-tight container and store in the refrigerator. The jam will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 

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